Swept Away - BoSox finish Tigers 6-1

This weekend, the Tigers were given a reality check, seeing just how far away this team really is from contention, despite its vast advances this season from 2003. The Tigers were able to strike first via a solo Home Run from Craig Monroe, but that would become the Tigers lone run as the Red Sox put up a 4-run 5th inning right after Monroe's Home Run to distance themselves and complete the sweep.

The Tigers struggled to score runs all weekend - partly due to excellent pitching on the part of the Red Sox and partly due to the Tigers missing many of their top hitters for all or part of the series.

On Sunday afternoon, it was Tim Wakefield's turn to baffle the Tigers. Wakefield pitched 8 innings of 3-hit ball, giving up just 1 run (Craig Monroe's solo Home Run in the 5th while striking out 7.

Wilfredo Ledezma took the mound for the Tigers, and for the first 4 innings, looked excellent. But he ran into trouble in the 5th, and never made it out of the jam as he was pulled when he allowed consecutive RBI hits by Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz. For the game, Ledezma went 4 2/3 innings, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits with 2 walks and a strikeout. With the loss, he fell to 3-2 on the year.

Gary Knotts, Craig Dingman, Al Levine and Ugueth Urbina all pitched in relief, with Dingman giving up a pair of runs in just 1/3 of an inning.

For the game, the team managed just 3 hits - 1 being the Home Run by Monroe, and the other 2 coming from Nook Logan.

Mark Bellhorn completed a big series against Detroit with another good game, going 2-for-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI. Manny Ramirez also drove in a pair of runs, and Kevin Millar went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

The Tigers now leave Boston 10 games under .500 at 60-70. Detroit now travels to Kansas City to try and get back on the winning track. Nate Robertson will face off against Mike Wood at 8:10pm. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit.

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